You can’t hide behind a cat’s paw.

Staub v. Proctor Hospital, 559 U.S. ___ (2011). At issue in this U.S. Supreme Court case was the extent to which an employer may be held liable for employment discrimination when the discriminating employee influences, but does not make, the ultimate adverse employment decision. Vincent Staub worked at Proctor Hospital as an angiography technician. Staub was […]

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If your employee assaults a co-worker, he’d better not be multi-tasking.

Katrina R. Meade v. Johnston Memorial Hospital and Jimmy Parks, Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00024 (W.D. Va. Sept. 02, 2010). The Plaintiff, Katrina Meade, filed this action against her former employer, Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH), and her former supervisor, Jimmy Parks. Meade asserted employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and […]

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If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything to a disinterested third party.

Suarez v. Loomis Armored US, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:10-CV-690-JRS (E.D. Va. December 7, 2010).The Defendant, Loomis Armored US, LLC, provides armored truck services and the Plaintiff, Suarez, was employed by Loomis as one of its drivers. Loomis terminated Suarez by a letter in which Loomis implied that Suarez had been stealing money from ATMs. In […]

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